Adam Freier
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Birth nameAdam Leigh Freier
Date of birth (1980-03-20) 20 March 1980 (age 42)
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight98 kg (15.4 st; 216 lb)
SchoolWaverley College
Notable relative(s)Son of Rugby league coach and player Laurie Freier
Children3
Occupation(s)Sport Executive
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2000–02 ACT & Southern NSW 9 (5)
2003– Randwick DRUFC 70 (60)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2000–02 Brumbies 6 (5)
2003–10 Waratahs 80 (60)
2011–12 Rebels 16 (15)
Current local club Randwick
Correct as of 23 July 2012
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1998 Australian Schoolboys
2002–  Australia 25 (10)
Correct as of 15 August 2013

Adam Freier (born 20 March 1980) is a rugby union footballer. In 2011 and 2012 he played for the Rebels in the Super Rugby competition, and retired at the end of 2012 from professional rugby. In 2015 he came out of retirement to play Shute Shield for Randwick until this day. His usual playing position is hooker.

Playing career

Son of Sydney rugby league footballer and coach Laurie Freier born 20 March 1980, in Paddington, NSW, Australia, he made the Australian Schoolboys in 1998 as well as the under-19s, which he captained the following year. In 2000 he signed with the Brumbies and made his state debut against Queensland. He went on to play for the Australian under-21s, including captaining them at the 2001 under-21 Rugby Championships, in which they finished runner-up to New Zealand. He made his debut for the Wallabies in 2002, in a Test against Argentina.[1]

Frier left the Brumbies and signed with the Waratahs for the 2003 season, and was selected to captain the Waratahs tour of Argentina in post-season 2004, and was voted player of the tour. In 2005 he was selected for the final match of the 2005 Tri Nations Series. After he was selected as the run-on hooker in the second Cook Cup match in 2006.

In April 2010 Freier signed on with the Rebels for the 2011 season of Super Rugby.[2][3] Freier told the Sydney Morning Herald his reasons for approaching the Rebels included: "Mutual respect, a coach he admires, the challenge of new team."[4] Freier was sidelined in September due to complications from a 2008 back injury. Rebels coach Rod Macqueen reported Frier to be undergoing rehabilitation.[5][6] Frier wasn't fit to compete in pre-season trials against teams from Tonga and Fiji, and the Crusaders from New Zealand; he remained in doubt for the Rebels' season opener against the Waratahs.[7]

Frier played three Rebels games for the 2011 Super Rugby season.[8] In May 2012, he expected to play his 100th Super Rugby game.[1][8] In 2019, he played one game for Randwick against Argentina.

Journalism

Freier writes about the Wallabies,[9][10] Melbourne's crowded sporting landscape, and his own squad the Melbourne Rebels.[11][12][13] Fairfax Media publishes his articles in the Sydney Morning Herald[9][14] and/or the Melbourne Age.[10][12] Freier is also a regular panellist on the ABC Offsiders sports program.[15]

Rugby Union Players Association

Freier is president of RUPA, the Rugby Union Players Association.[16]

References

  1. ^ a b Rebels video
  2. ^ "Rebels land Tahs hooker Freier". Fox Sports. News Limited. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Rebels sign Waratahs hooker Freier". West Australian. Yahoo. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Rakic, Josh (18 April 2010). "Freier: I approached Melbourne". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  5. ^ Harris, Bret (8 September 2010). "Melbourne Rebels chasing Kiwi Ged Robinson as cover for Adam Freier". Australian. News. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  6. ^ Rebels Media Unit (15 September 2010). "Rebels sign Wellington hooker Ged Robinson" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  7. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (4 February 2011). "Freier still in doubt for Waratahs clash". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  8. ^ a b Roberton, Paul (18 May 2012). "Freier to play his 100th Super Rugby game on Sunday" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  9. ^ a b Freier, Adam (12 September 2010). "Pocock the shining light as baby Wallabies learn to walk". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  10. ^ a b Freier, Adam (15 August 2010). "The fearless three who can save the Wallabies". The Sydney Morning Herald. Melbourne: Fairfax. Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  11. ^ Freier, Adam (1 August 2010). "Secret to Rebels' success is not tackling AFL head-on". The Sydney Morning Herald. Melbourne: Fairfax. Archived from the original on 7 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  12. ^ a b Freier, Adam (1 August 2010). "Rebels and their code will fit into Vics' sportscape". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax. Archived from the original on 2 August 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  13. ^ "Rebels launch into the crowded Melbourne sporting landscape". Rebels Media Unit. Australia: Melbourne Rebels. 2 August 2010. Archived from the original on 5 August 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  14. ^ Freier, Adam (1 August 2010). "Secret to Rebels' success is not tackling AFL head-on". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 3 August 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  15. ^ "About Us". Offsiders. ABC. 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  16. ^ RUPA